Free NBA Playoffs Pick: Cavaliers vs Warriors Lines
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FINALS: Game 7
Date: Sunday June 19th
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
NBA Moneyline Odds:Off
NBA Betting Odds: Warriors -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 207
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The 2016 NBA Finals have been, in a word, bizarre. Not one game has been decided by single digits, yet both teams have scored the same number of points through six games.
Stephen Curry, the golden boy of the Association, is coming off an ejection and LeBron James has re-established himself as the best player on the planet.
As strange as this series has been, it’s quite fitting that it’s come down to a one-game series for the hardware considering no team has established itself as consistent enough to pull off a best-of-seven victory thus far.
It’s do-or-die time for both franchises.
The Cavaliers have had plenty to worry about during these finals. Kevin Love has disappeared; Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green defended James efficiently during the early outings; no team has ever come back to win the NBA’s final series when trailing 3-1.
None of those facts are ideal for Cavs fans. But there’s one thing you have to consider.
Cleveland has stolen every ounce of momentum away from the Warriors.
In elimination games, James goes full beast mode. In Game 5 at Oracle Arena, the 31-year-old went for 41 points, 16 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 blocks and 3 steals while shooting 16-of-30 from the floor and 4-of-8 from the three-point line.
But that was against a Green-less Warriors squad, and there was no way he’d do it again, right?
He’s now coming off a Game 6 performance that saw him go for another 41 points, 11 assists, 8 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 blocks on 16-of-27 shooting and 3-of-6 from deep.
Hoping for James to continue this tear is maybe asking too much, but it’s also necessary. Aside from Kyrie Irving, LeBron hasn’t gotten the support he needs.
Getting another massive performance from LeBron is going to be crucial, but this game may be more about which version of the Warriors we see — not which version of the Cavs we see.
Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry lost his cool in Game 6, throwing his mouth piece in protest and nailing a fan in the process. That cool he lost? He’d better find it quickly with a championship officially on the line.
At this point in the series, containing LeBron James is not an option. The Akron native is going to get whatever stat line he wants, which is why Game 7 is more about getting production out of the Splash Bros and Co.
If Klay Thompson and Curry can find stretches of greatness, the Warriors have a chance to blow this game wide open. And that’s going to be necessary with Iguodala’s back a concern and Bogut out for the series.
If Golden State gets down early, this team needs to find a way to get back into it that doesn’t include bad shots from Curry.
He has a tendency to panic and start launching without any momentum on his side, so finding that momentum early is going to be crucial in the Game 7.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Cavaliers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Cavaliers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games.
- Cavaliers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Warriors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
- Warriors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Warriors are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS loss.
Free Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors NBA Prediction:
It may seem crazy to bet against the Cavaliers with all the momentum they have, but there’s even one thing that’s even crazier.
Betting against the greatest team of all time at home with a championship on the line.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Warriors ATS
This isn’t going to be an easy win by any means, but don’t be surprised if a close game turns into Golden State blowing things open late en route to its second-straight NBA championship.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Golden State 110 – Cleveland 103
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